If a client had an accident or suffered an illness, who would make medical and lifestyle decisions on their behalf?
Different states have different documents dealing with this issue. They are known as medical powers of attorney, enduring powers of guardianship and advance care directives. These allow a client to appoint someone to make medical and lifestyle decisions on their behalf if they are unable to do so.
They can include medical treatments that a client does or does not wish to have, such as life‑support, and living arrangements, such as whether or not they wish to live in a nursing home.
One of our estate planning lawyers will work in partnership with you to put a medical power of attorney, enduring power of guardianship or advance care directive in place – giving a client peace of mind that their wishes are known and respected if others need to make decisions for them.
For more information on medical and lifestyle decisions, please call us on 1800 882 218.